Santa Clara University

LEAD Scholars Program

Check-In for On-Campus Students

As previously mentioned, please plan to move on to campus on Sunday, September 13, 2015 between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Since it can take several hours to settle in, please allow plenty of time before we gather at 4:30 p.m. for a reception with all of the LEAD Scholars and their families. You will be moving into your permanent residence hall rooms, the ones you will be living in for the rest of the academic year.

Arrival and Check-In

When you arrive on campus, do not enter through Santa Clara University main entrance. There is a major event on campus and the following alternative route will help you avoid closed-off streets, congestion and parking restrictions. To better navigate the campus, please refer to this campus map

Take Alameda to Market Street. Please park in the Benson Parking Lot on Market Street, just past the corner at which Alameda becomes Market. You will not need a permit to park in this parking lot. A student staff from the LEAD Scholars Program will be available to greet you and guide you over to the check in location.

After parking, leave your belongings in your car and walk across Market Street and onto the path between Benson Center and Swig Hall. Just past Swig Hall, you will see Kennedy Commons to your left, a one story building in the middle of a green lawn. Enter Kennedy Commons and you will see staff and student from the LEAD Scholars Program available to help you check in and move in.

At this time, the greeters will direct you to parking areas closest to your residence halls. After parking near your residence halls, the LEAD Scholars student staff will be available to help you move in. The parking at your residence hall may be temporary. If so, please just park here to unload. During the weekend you do not need a parking permit to park in spots marked with B, C, or E, including spaces in the Benson Parking Lot, the Cowell Parking Lot or the North Parking Lot. All of these are indicated on the map and our staff will be able to direct you as well. Because of an event on campus that day, please do not park in the Leavey Parking Lot, Main Parking Structure or any other lots that are reserved. Please do not park in spots reserved for individuals with disabilities, weddings or other special events.

Please plan to finish unpacking by 4:30 p.m. At this time, you will meet LEAD Scholars student staff and other incoming freshmen at the front entrance of your building to walk over to a welcome and reception for all of the LEAD Scholars and their families at the new Locatelli Student Center. After this reception, we will host a dinner just for LEAD Scholars at the Williman Room in Benson Center.

What to Bring

Below is a list of items that the Housing Office and LEAD Scholars Program suggest you bring (and not bring) when you arrive on campus.

Handtruck: To ease the move-in process, please try to bring a hand-truck or other equipment that might make it easier to move your belongings across parking lots, up stairs and elevators and through hallways. There will be a limited number of handtrucks available at check in and at your residence hall front desk, but having your own equipment will make the process run more quickly and smoothly.

Textbooks: It is strongly preferred that you purchase your ENGL 1 textbooks before LEAD Week, either through the Campus Bookstore or other retailers so that you have them on the first day of class during LEAD Week. You will continue to use these books through fall quarter and often in winter quarter, as well. In some cases rental or used textbooks are also available. On Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, you will also have some free time to pick-up/purchase your textbook from the campus bookstore, but this will be after your first ENGL class. If you decide to purchase books from other retailers, such as, etc. Please order these books well ahead of time so that you can have them ready for the first day of class.

For more information on textbooks required for your courses, you can go to, click on Shop Online Now, and then on Textbooks on the top of the page and enter in your class information to create a customized list of your textbooks. For suggestions on how to obtain your textbooks more affordably, please read the information sheet, Accessing Affordable Textbooks. For more information on how to purchase textbooks with your financial aid, please go to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Classroom Materials: After arriving on campus on Sunday, you will begin classes early the next day, Monday. Please bring appropriate materials for class including paper, pens, papers, notebooks, binders, dividers, etc. Additionally, you may also want to bring other materials to help you stay organized including wall calendars, daily planners, etc. Having these materials and beginning to use them early on will help you get off to a good start.

Items to Bring Suggested by the Housing Office

As you begin to prepare for your move to Santa Clara, there are a few things you should think about before you start packing. Remember that your new room, which already has two or three sets of furniture in it, will also house two or three people and all of their belongings. Because of the size of the rooms, we suggest that you not bring too many items initially. Examine the following list. You’ll want to have most of these with you when you arrive on campus.

Linens: Sheets, a blanket or comforter, and a pillow. Remember, the mattresses are extra long (80 inches) and will require extra-long sheets.

Towels and Toiletries: Along with a bath towel, make sure you bring a small bucket or caddy to carry items to and from the bathroom.

TV: Talk to your roommate(s) before bringing a television. Remember there is only one cable TV jack.

Convenience Appliances: Small microwave ovens, small refrigerators (up to 4 cubic feet), coffeepots, and hot pots without exposed coils are allowed. A company will be on campus the first week of school to rent refrigerators to students. It is also suggested that you bring a small fan, particular for those residence halls that do not have air conditioning available. Computers are allowed as well. We encourage you to bring a computer so that you can take advantage of the data networking services in your room.

Emergency Supplies: Flashlight, batteries, and any other personal emergency supplies you may need. Students should bring and maintain a minimum 3 day supply of medications, water, and non-perishable items for any specific dietary needs.

Miscellaneous Items: Other necessary items include clothes hangers, an alarm clock, a study lamp, an iron, and a laundry bag. If you bring a bicycle, be sure to bring a heavy-duty lock.

Room Decor: Although students may add simple furnishings to their rooms, they are not allowed to remove furniture or permanently alter rooms. Some rooms have furniture that can be turned into lofts or bunk beds. Self-constructed lofts are not permitted. Painting your room is not allowed. You may hang posters and similar materials on the walls, but check with your CF first. Sheets, nets, or other large pieces of material may not be hung from walls or ceilings for fire- safety reasons. Plants, posters, and pictures are all great ways to personalize your room.

Items to Leave at Home

Cooking/Heating Appliances: Due to health and safety concerns and energy demands, sunlamps, torchiere halogen lamps, crockpots, toaster ovens, hot plates, space heaters, and other appliances with exposed heating units are not permitted in the halls. Fire regulations do not permit flammable liquids, such as chemicals, gasoline, or lighter fluid.

Amplified Instruments or Drum Sets: These will be confiscated, and you will be required to send them home if they are seen or heard in the residence halls.

Drugs or Illegal Substances: Students found in possession of or using illegal drugs will be dealt with through the SCU disciplinary system.

Weapons or Explosive Agents: Possession of any weapon, including BB guns, air guns, firearms, hunting equipment, knives, martial arts tools, stun guns, paint-pellet guns, or any items of a similar nature, is prohibited in the residence halls. Use or possession of fireworks, firecrackers, or other explosives or chemicals is also prohibited.

The University is not responsible for the safety of personal possessions. In many cases, a student’s personal belongings are covered under his or her parents’ homeowner’s insurance. If not, we suggest obtaining additional insurance.

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